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Women’s College Basketball: Iowa State beats Kansas, 89-67

This news story was published on January 26, 2020.
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball team (12-6, 4-3 Big 12) led the whole way on Saturday, grabbing an 89-67 win over the Kansas Jayhawks (12-6, 1-6 Big 12), highlighted by a career day from Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw.

The Cyclone defense was locked in from the start, holding the Jayhawks scoreless for the first five minutes of the game. During that stretch, the Cyclones took an early 8-0 advantage. The lead continued to grow for the Cyclones as they ended the first quarter with an 18-6 edge, scoring 10 points off of nine Jayhawk turnovers.

In the second stanza, Iowa State found its groove from behind the arc after shooting at a 1-for-7 clip in the first quarter. The Cyclones shot a perfect 5-for-5 in the second quarter of play, pulling away as far as 20 points. Iowa State ended the first half with a 47-29 lead. Jade Thurmon led the Cyclones with 10 points at the break, tying her career-high in just 10 minutes on the court in the half.

The Cyclones continued their three-point success by opening the second half at a 5-for-6 pace, pushing the lead to 27 after back-to-back threes by Adriana Camber and Rae Johnson. Iowa State’s lead topped out at 31 to end the third quarter.

Kansas started the final quarter on a quick 8-0 run, but Espenmiller-McGraw ended the effort with her fifth triple of the game. Iowa State pulled many of its starters late in the fourth quarter, eventually ending the game at 89-67. Espenmiller-McGraw finished her day with 20 points, shooting 6-for-8 from deep.

Maggie Espenmiller-Mcgraw led the Cyclones in scoring for the first time in her career, scoring 20 points by cashing in a career-high six three-pointers in the win. She is the first Cyclone this season with five or more triples in a game.

Kristin Scott had a solid day, going 7-for-11 from the field with 19 points.

Jade Thurmon ended the game matching her career-highs in points (10) and assists (4).

Adriana Camber shot a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc.

Iowa State heads to Waco for a road contest with No. 2 Baylor on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The game between the Cyclones and Lady Bears will be televised on FS1.

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